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    December 20, 2011
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♪ blizzard blast. a dangerous preseason storms slams the southwest and southern plains with a deadly mix of snow, ice and wind. dead heat, the republican race gets even tighter as mitt romney takes his campaign to late night. newt gingerich, really? >> yeah, yeah, that's right. and are you ready for a blackout? power problems cause monday night football to go dark not power problems cause monday night football to go dark not once, but twice. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, december 20th, 2011. good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm drew levinson. a monster storm is plowing across the middle of the country
this morning and it is making a tough start to a week packed with holiday travelers. interstates have been closed, shelters are being set up and emergency crews are rescuing stranded motorists. snow totals of up to 20 inches are expected in some areas. but it's the combination of ice and wind that is proving deadly. don't tell the folks in kansas it's not winter yet. the preseason storm whipped through the southwest and roared into the southern plains. heavy snow xwand with howling winds up to 40 miles per hour are creating whiteout conditions from colorado to missouri. even down into the texas panhandle. shelters are being opened and hundreds of miles of interstate are already closed. >> because they're not going to make it, anyway, even if they get the past any of our check points they can't see. visibility is so poor that it makes its impossible to pass through that area. >> the storm has already proven fatal. in colorado, two died when a
prison van lost control on an icy highway. nine others were hospitalized. and four people were killed in new mexico after a two-car collision. two others were seriously injured. by the time the storm finally blows through, snow totals from 4 to 12 inches are expected through grout the region. some areas could see more than two feet. emergency crews have rescued hundreds of stranded motorists. >> they have to go real, real slow. they can't hurry with the visibility the way it is, find a shelter and stay off the road. the good news is forecasters expect the snow to turn into rain before breaking up today or tomorrow. and the longer term outlook shows no major problems expected later this week. so much for a nice vacation for the senate. house republicans are demanding they come back to washington and renegotiate the tax cut bill. the house votes today to expand
the tax cuts for two months. but it's almost sure to be rejected. tara mergner is in washington this morning. good morning, tara. >> good morning to you, drew. both sides continue to insist they want to extend this initiative. but with just 11 days left in the year now, hope is fading fast. house republicans won't settle for the senate's short-term fix. >> i think it's time to do the right thing for the american people. let's solve the problem now. >> reporter: they emerged from a closed door meeting last night ready to shoot down a twoo-month extension of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits later today. >> we believe that a much better path the forward is uncertainty. and that is a year's extension of the payroll tax holiday. >> the bill breezed through the senate over the weekend, even gaining the support of house speaker mitch mcconnell. house speaker boehner seemed on
board until he discussed it with fellow republicans. >> it is the radical tea party republicans who are holding up this tax cut for the american people and jeopardizing our economic growth. >> gop leaders now want the senate, which has gone home for the holidays to come back and negotiate a year-long extension. senate majority leader harry reid issued a statement last night saying he's open to talks, but wants house members to pass the short-term plan first. it would be unconsciousble for speaker boehner to write a by partisan agreement that would protect middle class families from the thousand dollar tax increase looming on january 1st. and other low points for congress this year, bring the treasury to the brink of default for the first time and the government to near shutdown more than once. drew, never a dull moment this
year. >> never a dull moment. tara mergener, thank you. the iowa caucus is only two weeks away, and it is a dead heat between newt gingerich and mitt romney. a new poll shows both gingerich and romney with 20%. ron paul is third with 10% followed by the rick perry. mitt romney went on bill o'reiley's program last night. he ignored his republican rivals and went right after president obama. >> i consider him a big government liberal democrat. i think if you look at his policies, you conclude that he thinks europe got it right and we got it wrong. i think europe got it wrong. and i'll battle him on that day in and day out. ewe i'm probably not going to be calling him names so much as calling him a failure. >> romney went on the tonight show with david letterman. the topic, romney's number one thing to tell americans. take a listen. >> number ten, isn't it time for
a president who looks like a 1970s game show host. >> yes. yes, it is. yes. number nine. >> what's up, gangsters? it's the mi double fizzle. >> number two. >> newt gingerich, really? >> yeah, yeah, that's right. and the number one thing mitt romney would like to say to the american people -- >> it's a hair piece. >> there you go, ladies and gentlemen. >> and sarah palin says it's not too late for someone to jump into the rate in the gop nomination. in a recent interview, palin did not rule out jumping into the race. but back in october, she said she would knot be a candidates this election season. she has not yet endorsed anyone for the current republican candidacy. north korea is saying good-bye to kim jong il today.
the body of the long time dictator is displayed in the coffin. secretary of state hillary clinton met monday with japan's foreign minister and spoke about the importance of keeping peace. >> we both share a common interest in a peaceful and stable transition in north korea as well as an ensuring regional peace and stability. >> at people in north cray expressed their feelings, those in south korea expressed their condolences. in syria, one of the bloodiest days in the nine-month uprising. in damascus monday, shots rang out and thousands of protesters ran in this video posted online.
one person was reported killed, but around the country, more than 100 others died, including at least 70 army defectors. coming up on the morning news, football fans plunged into darkness. break out the cell phone flashlights. plus, the atm where you don't have to pay a fee, but there's a catch. this is the "cbs morning news." this was the gulf's best tourism season in years. all because so many people wanted to visit us... in louisiana. they came to see us in florida...
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drama in los angeles. police were pursuing a possible kidnapping suspect, but there was a major problem. he was holding on to his 4-year-old girl. they made the decision to mf in against him and take the child to safety. there was candlelight at scandal stick park in san francisco last night. the lights went out twice during the 49ers/steelers game on monday night football. the power outages delayed the game for almost 35 minutes, much to the embarrassment of the fans. >
>> this is proof positive that they need a new stadium? >> exactly. why? >> look at it. on national tv, man, the lights go out. you've got to be kidding, man. >> finally, the lights came on and the steelers and 49ers actually played. we'll tell you who won that game later in sports. on the cbs money watch, gas prices take a big bite out of your budget. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you. tokyo's nikkei was up 0.5% points while hong kong's hang seng edged up a fraction. stocks took a fall after the eu failed to fully finance its bailout fund. the dow lost 100 points while the nasdaq was down 32. financial stocks led the sell-off. bank of america was hardest hit, sinking 4% to fall below $5 a
share for the first time in two years. federal regulators are delaying new oversight rules for the $600 trillion derivatives market. those are the investments largely claimed for triggering the financial crisis. the rules were mandated more than two years ago, but regulators say they need time because it's complicated. at&t is hanging up on its proposed t-mobile merger. the $39 billion deal would have made the carrier the biggest in the u.s., but the justice department sued to stop it back in august, says it would reduce competition and lead to higher prices. at&t tried to resurrect the deal in some fashion, but has now walked away from the table. the company will likely pursue a stake in a smaller company. if you're missing four grand or so, it might have gone into your tank. the average american spent $4, 155 on gas this year. that is a new record. it's been 30 years since gasoline took such a big bite
out of the family budget and it's not expected to get much better next year with forecasts forecast to stay high. and everybody hates atm fees, but soon you'll be able to avoid them, even when you're not at your bank. but there is, of course, a catch. free a tm plans along thousands of fee free cash machines across the country. instead of paying a charge, though, you will have on to watch a xhubl. and, drew, i guess it depends on how long that commercial lasts. >> you have to put your atm card in and then watch a commercial and then go for your money? >> yep. but that's the catch there but you don't have to pay a fee. >> oh, boy. >> i don't know. my time is money. maybe a quick commercial. >> ashley morrison here in new york, thank you so much. straight ahead, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, underdog davidson takes a swipe at upsetting the kansas city jayhawks. and pajamas with savings pass. coats, swe,
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eastern kansas and northern missouri could get a few inches of snow. thunderstorms will erupt in the evening hours in the southeast. warm and muggy conditions will cycle the carolinas and the northern plains will be cold and dry. in sports, the 49ers shut down the steelers. big ben roethlisberger playing on a sprained ankle was sacked thee times and tossed three interceptions. san francisco beat pittsburgh, 20-3. the 49ers are now the first team in the nfl to ever stop the opposed team from scoring a rushing touchdown in the first 14 games. the big nba trade to get chris paul to the clipper sess paying off. chris had 17 points. helped his new team top the lakers, 114-95. there was a shoeshg in college basketball. the mighty kansas jayhawks were
up against the ropes with davidson. they got close, but with just over a minute left, davidson nails a three-pointer to win, 80-74. in baseball, after two failed attempts, the texas rangers are spending huge and they are very happy to finally spend a lot of money to try to win the world series. they just bid more than $50 million for the rights to negotiate with japanese pitching sensation yu darvish. the 25-year-old has an e.r.a. of 1.99 and he dominated japanese baseball for the past sen years. the rangers now have 30 days to sign darvish. and college analyst greg james is leaving television to become a politician. he says he is a conservative republican and is going for the u.s. senate seat in texas being vacated by kay bailey hutchison.
when we return, a look at the morning's top stories and random acts of kindness. how layaway angels are helping people all as cross the country. did you ever see a more beautiful sight? captain! it's just a mirage. - snowy? what is it, boy? - [ barks ] what do you see? [ yipping ] [ woman announcing ] just like snowy, your dog's one of a kind. overactive imagination and all. [ barking ] long live your buddy. long live your dog. [ tintin ] snowy! purina dog chow. see the adventures of tintin, only in theaters.
on the "cbs morning news," here is a look at today's weather. the late fall season storm is heading east bringing snow into the missouri and rain into the southeast. cold air is racing into texas. light rain, snow showers into the rockies. here is another look at this morning's top stories. a gigantic prewinter storm has paralyzed the nation's heartland. up to 20 inches of snow is expected in some areas. ice and strong winds are adding to the misery. the house votes today to reject the senate's plan to stepped the payroll tax cut for two months. house republican leaders want the extension to last four a year. there is only five shopping days left until christmas and
holiday generosity is spreading across the country. people are playing santa claus for complete strangers. they are called layaway angels. and it seems to be happening almost everywhere. >> these are all from saturday. >> receipts on the wall indicate the layaway angels who have flown into the k-mart and conquered paying off thousands of dollars waiting for someone else's debt. boxes waiting for pick up filled with toys and clothes are paid for by strangers. the gesture seems to have started in the midwest last week and has gained momentum nationwide. these angels are making christmas brighter for everybody. >> they look and they say clothes, toys, and they want to pay that off. >> the balance is usually a penny. marty assumes the role of
santa's elves to let them know their bills are paid. one man was angry thinking he was being harassed. >> won't you stop calling me. i'm coming in there to pay, just not now. i said, sir, i'm not calling to tell but that. i'm calling to let you know your layaway has been paid off. >> what did he is? >> you're joking? >> reporter: the benefactors are all ages. some give a few dollars, some give hundreds, even thousands. but the majority don't seem wealthy. >> he told me, i'm not rich. don't take me wrong. but i have a little extra to give, so i want to give. k-mart seems to be the favorite to the spot for these angel toes land. perhaps because the chain has had a layaway plan for decades. >> that is a beautiful thing that people still have love in their hearts to help others. >> that's amazing. i wish someone would come and do that for me.
i'm drew levinson. this is the "cbs morning news."
good morning. welcome to 9news now. today is tuesday, december 20. the days are flying by. i cannot -- what is it?
40 degrees? it is warm this morning. >> the temperature is going to be pretty flat today. it will drop off just a little bit. we have some light showers going to happen, especially this morning. tomorrow will be a wetter day as well. wasn't bad yesterday at all, sunshine. temperatures got into the lower 50s ch. is about -- which is about 6, 7 above average. right now 49. i think we're going to dip a little bit and come close to 49, 50. light rain showers possible this morning through midday and this afternoon just cloudy to mostly cloudy with temperatures down in the middle 40s. winds central and easterly and -- winds northerly and easterly. we've got some showers this morning to our south and east. lots of rain in central pennsylvania toward ohio. on the northern edge of this, mixing with some wet snow here this morning. cold enough about i-80 and north to see that locally light sprinkles not far from colonial beach and deal island on the eastern shore.
this is all moving toward the east. leonard town towards st. mary's city and southern. just north of reidville a couple sprinkles as well. fredricksburg is 50. d.c. still 49. temperatures later this afternoon won't be moving much with highs anywhere from the mid-40s north to the low 50s down south. let's go to monika samtani. >> the beltway pretty much green. in southern maryland need to tell but an accident with pole and wires down. it's affecting route 255 west between owensville sudly road and route 2. as you come home from lothian, be aware of that. we'll go to route 4 at the beltway. in problems to report here heading south towards oxon hill you're going to be okay all the
way into alexandria. now take a look at the maps again. this time on the north side of town. looking good on the beltway basically between bethesda and silver spring. we'll take a live look at university boulevard. all the construction cones have been moved on the inner loop of the beltway. lanes are open both loops here. coming up in my next report, another look around the area. 4:39. house republican leaders have decided to wait until today to vote on a two-month extension of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. the senate has already approved the measure and they've left on holiday break. >> however republicans in the house want a year-long extension and they're calling for formal negotiations with the senate. >> reporter: house republicans won't settle for the senate short-term fix. >> i think it's time to do the right thing for the american people, solve the problem now. >> reporter: they emerged from a closed door meeting last night ready to shoot down a two- month extension of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits later today. >> we believe that a much
better path forward is certainty. that is a year's extension of the payroll tax holiday. >> reporter: the bill breezed through the senate over the weekend, even winning the support of my majority leader mitch mcconnell. house speaker john boehner also seemed on board until he discussed it with fellow reaction. >> it's just a radical tea party republicans who are holding up this tax cut for the american people and jeopardizing our economic growth. >> reporter: g.o.p. leaders now want the senate which has already gone home for the holidays to come back and negotiate a year-long extension. senate majority leader harry reid issued a statement last night saying he's open to talks but wants house members to pass the short-term plan first. it would be unconscionable he wrote for speaker boehner to block a bipartisan agreement that would protect middle-class families from the thousand dollar tax increase looming on